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You may think that we play all day but we are busy learning in our own special way!

 

We are pleased to offer children a place in our school nursery starting after your child has turned 3.  We offer 15 hours of free funding for all children and 30 hours to families that are eligible.

Morning Session - 8.30am – 11.30am

Afternoon Session - 12.15pm – 3.15pm

30 hours – 8.30am – 2.30/3.15pm (Additional charge)

All children start at the age of 3 and join the afternoon session. When the new school year starts the following September, children will then move on to the morning nursery sessions where they will follow a routine to begin to get them ready and prepared for their school days.

What Nursery provides

We provide a healthy snack for all children. This will usually be a piece of fresh fruit or occasionally rice cakes, breadsticks, cereal, toast, crackers etc. Milk is given at the allocated snack times.

The children are able to help themselves to drinking water throughout the session.

A healthy lunch is provided from the school kitchen should your child stay for the eligible 30 hours childcare. A member of the lunchtime staff as well as a member of nursery staff will take them to the lunch hall at an earlier time of 11.30am where they are supported to choose their lunch in a quiet hall before the older children arrive. School lunch costs £1.55 per meal.

Children can also bring their own packed lunch if they wish.

Parental Contributions

At St Peter’s Nursery we like to have parents involved in their child’s learning as much as we can.

Your child will have next steps that their key person will focus on. In the Early Years Foundation stage, we focus on Prime and Specific areas. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

• Communication and language

• Physical development

• Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the 4 specific areas. These are:

• Literacy

• Mathematics

• Understanding the world

• Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to support and facilitate your child’s learning and activities in nursery.

The Early Years professionals teaching and supporting your children, will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs and interests. At St Peter’s Nursery we use ‘In the moment Planning’ This we feel ensures the setting is more child-led, it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's own personal characters and interests.

We ask parents to write observations of your own children’s learning at home and hand them in to the nursery staff, they will then be placed in your child’s learning journal. We recognise that parents and carers are the child’s first and most important educators and with that in mind we wish to have the support and contributions of parents /carers when planning each child’s next steps in their learning and development.

The cycle of observation, assessment, planning, observation is carried out on a moment-by-moment basis. We aim to have approximately three ‘named focus children’ each week. (See the In the Moment Planning Document on the Nursery page for more information).

Frequently asked questions and queries

  • When your child starts nursery they will be given a red book bag which we would like your child to bring to each session. Your child is able to borrow a book from nursery to read at home with the family.
  • Children will also get a whiteboard pen and their name to practise at home.
  • In an ideal world, we would ask that children are toilet trained ready to start nursery.
  • We would ask for all children to come with a bag with a spare set of clothes in. We do like to get messy and we do play outside and in the water!
  • Many of the children wear a uniform but this is not statutory. I would suggest comfortable bottoms such as leggings or jogging bottoms as children will be using the toilet independently where they can.
  • Please name everything your child wears at school, including their coat and shoes!
  • Please try not to send toys in with your child, it is very upsetting if they go missing or they are broken.
  • Although Nursery Education is non-statutory, there is a proven link between attendance, punctuality and children’s attainment and therefore important to establish good habits of attendance so that children can take full advantage of the education offered.
  • To check your eligibility for the 30 hours, please visit the website below:

https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare

If you would like more information regarding the 15/30 hour provision or you would like to speak to a member of staff regarding our nursery, we would be happy to help. Please phone the main school office.

We are very flexible and approachable so please do not hesitate to phone and speak with staff as we like to accommodate parents and families where we can.